Arash Salemi, M.D.
Cardiac Surgery
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Arash Salemi, M.D.

Cardiac Surgery

Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English
Insurance: 38 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments



  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Minimally Invasive Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Transcatheter Heart Valve Surgery
  • Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Aneurysms and Dissections
  • Cardiac Valve Replacement
  • Aneurysm Repair, Aortic
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial/Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Ascending Aortic Aneurysm
  • Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)


Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Carrie and David Landew Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1997


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Personal Statement

It takes a significant amount of multidisciplinary coordination of care to deliver cutting-edge cardiac surgical therapy to the patients we serve. Under strong leadership and direction, our department has performed at a remarkably high level for many years. Innovative technologies and techniques are responsibly implemented with the patients' best interests in mind. Our commitment to doing so distinguishes the cardiovascular service line here at Weill Cornell. I am proud to be part of a team that provides the best possible therapies for the widest selection of patients while still maintaining excellent outcomes.


Dr. Arash Salemi is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center and is the Surgical Director of the William Acquavella Heart Valve Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Salemi completed his undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 where he obtained a degree in molecular biology. He pursued his medical education at Cornell University Medical College where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society in 1996. He subsequently completed his residency in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Salemi went on to complete a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in cardiovascular surgery, specializing in valve repair, before returning to Cornell to assume his present position at the medical center. He completed postgraduate specialty training in endovascular surgery at the University of Paris in France and at the University Vita Salute-San Raffaele in Milan, Italy.

Dr. Salemi has a strong interest in structural heart disease. He regularly performs surgical heart valve replacement. As Surgical Director of the Acquavella Heart Valve Center, he is also heavily involved in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He has performed over 500 transcatheter procedures. He teaches didactics and has proctored cases at over 50 centers across the U.S. He is a member of the Review Board for the seminal Partner Trial for TAVR and is involved in the development of novel techniques for transcatheter mitral valve replacement. Dr. Salemi is a member of many medical societies including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Heart Valve Society of America, and the American College of Surgeons. He has many publications on topics in cardiovascular surgery and has presented both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Salemi has a special interest in minimally invasive alternatives in cardiac surgery.

He and his wife Jessica have three children and reside in New York City.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

President, New York Society of Thoracic Surgery                                                           

Advisory Board, Vasoprep Surgical                                                                  

Medical Licensure Restoration Council, New York State Board of Medicine   

Member, American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS)                                          

International Clinical Proctor, Medtronic                                                                           

New York State Board of Medicine                                                                  

Medical Board Liaison, New York State Perfusion Committee                                         

Vice President, New York Society of Thoracic Surgery                                    

Physician Clinical Proctor, Medtronic CoreValve                                                             

Mentor, Physician Assistant Student Master Thesis Program, Weill Cornell Graduate School                                                                                                                

Glorney-Reisbeck Selection Committee of the New York Academy of Medicine             

Emerging Leaders Board, Medtronic                                                                 

Data Safety and Monitoring Board, Cardiovascular Research Foundation        

Clinical Advisory Board, Acelity/KCI                                                                

Clinical Events Adjudication Committee, Cardiovascular Research Foundation              

Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society                                                                            

NY Society of Thoracic Surgery – Education Committee                                 

FDA Advisory Committee International Consortium of Cardiovascular Registries                                                                                                                                 

Case Review Board, Partner Trial – Edwards Lifesciences                               

Council, New York Chapter of the American College of Surgery                     

Minimally Invasive Administrative Board (MAB) – Edwards Lifesciences       

Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education – Educate the Educators                        

Educational Council, Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                            

Training Proctor, Transcatheter Valve Program, Edwards Lifesciences                            

Independent Physician Review  Organization (IPRO)                                       

Basic Endovascular Skills Training (Edwards Lifesciences)                                             

Edge General Endovascular Training Program (Medtronic, Inc.)

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New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of all New York physicians 

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